Choosing The Best Car Jack Stands For Your Hyundai
The best jack stands you can bet your life on…
When you go to a service station to have maintenance work done on your Hyundai car, do you ever see the pros prop up your vehicle on bricks or plastic crates?
Of course not, yet people who work on their vehicles at home think nothing of doing just that.
Not only is that an incredibly ineffective way to get your car off the ground, it’s also very dangerous.
If you regularly work on your car, you need to invest in a top quality jack stand, but with so many out there to choose from, picking the right one can be a little difficult.
Let’s take a quick look at what kind of auto jack stand you should be investing!
Ratchet style of jack stand
The ratchet style of jack stand is easy to use, and they are also generally pretty affordable. The ratchet mechanism allows you to move the car up in small increments, making it possible to use this type of jack stand in a number of different parts of the car.
Releasing the ratchet can be tough, though, as you usually have to get the car up to a decent height before that can be done.
The balance of the car can be upset when he ratchet is removed, especially if 4 ratchet jack stands are being used at the same time.
Pin-style jack stands
There are many who believe that the best jack stands are those that use locking pins. The beauty of the pin-style jack stands is that they are incredibly strong and durable.
This type of jack stand is definitely better for heavier vehicles because of that level of stability. The pin can quickly and easily be removed with the vehicle just ever so slightly raised, and the balance of the vehicle always remains steady.
If there is an issue with this type of jack stand, it’s that the pin can bend and become tough to remove.
Tonnage rating is important
Once you decide which of the two types of automotive jack stands you prefer, you need to start narrowing your options down.
The first thing that you should look at is the jack stand rating, which generally runs anywhere from 1 to 50 tons.
If you have a lighter vehicle, you can get away with a 3-ton or 4-ton jack stand, as that is generally enough to hold most vehicles.
Keep in mind, though, that jack stands are sold in pairs, which means you should be looking for a set rated at 6 tons!
Double that number for trucks and SUV’s, and look for a jack stand that extends up to 22 inches for those types of vehicles.
Construction of the base
The base of the jack stand is also incredibly important!
You will want to invest in one that is made from a single piece of metal, as that means fewer welds and stress points.
A wider jack stand base is always a good idea, as that adds to the strength and stability of the overall piece.
Steer clear of jack stands that have square base-plates, as those are a lot less stable than the 4-leg variety.
Finally, you will see that the best jack stands for cars and SUVs are those whose sliding parts are easily added and removed.